I'm back! (sort of)

EdorFaus edorfaus at xepher.net
Fri Jan 27 17:26:44 EST 2012

On 01/27/2012 07:14 PM, Jane Andreas wrote:
>    From: EdorFaus
>> There might not be a fine-grained hardware mixer available, but there's
>> a software one that can be enabled by configuring ALSA.

>> That configuration also allows multiple programs to play (and record)
>> sound at the same time, though I haven't found much use for that yet,
> I can think of a use for that... recording things over a drum beat
> genenerated with either jdkdrum or csound.

Maybe I wasn't quite clear - even without this config, you can record 
and play at the same time, e.g. with aplay on one console and arecord on 
What it adds, is that several programs can play at the same time, and 
equivalently for recording, e.g. running aplay one one console, then 
running aplay on another console before the first is done, and having 
both be heard at the same time.

>> If you want it, I can send you the config file so you can use it on your
>> NanoNote - it shouldn't care what distro it's used on.
> I would love it, but I would require some tutelage on where to put
> it  and what do to it so it works.

OK, here it is. Just save it as /etc/asound.conf (maybe first check for 
an existing one, and backing it up in case mine doesn't work for you), 
then play something (with aplay) so the config is reloaded. The new 
control should then show up in alsamixer.

Removing it is slightly more involved, as the control keeps its state in 
ALSA even when the config file is removed, but I can detail that if it 
becomes an issue.

> I am wondering what the best approach to changing my keymap to
> Colemak is...

I don't really know anything about this, I'm afraid... Hopefully someone 
else can help.

> What about trying to change locales in Debian?

Assuming you want to choose a new locale, just run this, select the ones 
you want available, and then which one should be default:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales

You may need to log out and back in (or even reboot) for the new default 
to take effect for everything.

The selected locales are kept in /etc/locale.gen, but I think you need 
to run some other command to (re)generate them if you edit it manually, 
and I don't really know where the default is stored.

... or did you mean to modify a locale definition? That I don't know...

> Thanks and that is a YES on your config file, maybe you could even
> put  it on the qi-wiki..,

Maybe I should... I still have hope of getting it included in the base 
distro though. OTOH, it might be useful for those using other distros...

> By the way your name is cool, what is it's origin and pronunciation?
> I  can't help but think it is /frod/, but it might be /froda/ also?

It's a Norwegian name (my country of origin), not sure of its origins 
beyond that - never really thought much about it. I have a cup that says 
it means "wise", but I'm not so sure if that applies to me. :P

I don't really know how to write pronounciation in Norwegian, nevermind 
in English (which is a secondary language for me), so I'm tempted to 
just say it's pronounced straight forward "frode" - but that's not 
really helpful at all, is it, since it depends on knowing Norwegian? :P

Hmm. Well, the e is basically the same as the e in hello. The rest of 
it... I think the closest I'm going to get is Frodo (from LotR), just 
replacing the second o with an e as above. (I just hope you pronounce 
Frodo about the same way I would. :P )

Maybe I should just put a wav online somewhere. :P


P.S. I think this pronounciation stuff is even worse for my nick, 
actually - I've had it since I was a kid (though only online, it's not 
used IRL), and I always think it using Norwegian pronounciation, but as 
far as I can tell, English-speakers tend to pronounce it completely 
differently. :P
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pcm.!default {
	type plug
	slave.pcm "asym"
pcm.asym {
	type asym
	playback.pcm "softvol"
	capture.pcm "dsnoop"
pcm.softvol {
	type softvol
	slave.pcm "dmix"
	control {
		name	"PCM"
		card	0
		count	1
# For OSS emulation
pcm.dsp0 {
	type plug
	slave.pcm "asym"
ctl.mixer0 {
	type hw
	card 0

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